Source: National Stroke Association
More than 2 million people in the U.S. have atrial fibrillation (Afib). Afib is a type of irregular heartbeat, often caused when the two upper chambers of the heart beat unpredictably and sometimes rapidly. When you have Afib, blood pools in the atria of your heart and clots may form. These clots may then be carried to the brain, causing stroke. Don’t ignore the facts:
- Afib is a leading risk factor for stroke.
- Afib is more common in people over age 60.
- Afib is often asymptomatic, making it difficult for people to know that they have it.
- Afib can be successfully managed with the help of a healthcare professional.
- Knowing about and properly managing your Afib can prevent you from having stroke.
- Up to 80 percent of strokes in people with Afib can be prevented.
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